Things to do in London this Friday

It's time to clock off, wind down and get your weekend on...

Find fantastic ideas for things to do on a Friday, just in case you've left it to the last minute. Check out the best entertainment, nightlife and events happening in the capital this Friday. The weekend starts here...


LEAF 2015 – London Electronic Arts Festival

Electronica fans, rejoice! Curated by Rob Da Bank (Bestival) and Ben Turner (Association for Electronic Music), LEAF is a festival that brings the genre’s leading lights to London for two days of performances, DJ sets, talks and workshops, this year at Wapping warehouse the Tobacco Dock. You can get a combo ticket for everything, go to 'The Conversation' to soak up some wisdom on Friday, or just hit up the parties, which include sets by Berlin tech-hop upstarts Modeselektor and the legendary DJ Harvey.

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Tobacco Dock Saturday March 7 2015

Nightspot Cinema: Northern Soul

Critics' choice

The first proper UK club scene, Northern soul swept the ballrooms of north-west England in the early ’70s and got thousands of young people high-kicking to obscure US soul records. Last year Elaine Constantine’s film drama ‘Northern Soul’ sparked new interest in the scene, and now here’s a club night that takes Constantine’s cinematic tribute and drags it back on to the dancefloor. Nightspot Cinema are planning to transform Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club into the Wigan Casino for one evening, with a screening of the film followed by an after party where you’ll hear all the Northern soul classics (and some funk, disco and hip hop for good measure).

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Bethnal Green Working Men's Club Until Sat Mar 7

Femme Fierce

You don't have to have a Y chromosome to wield a spray can, and this all-female festival of street art and graffiti is out to prove it. Expect talks and interactive workshops teaching aspiring artists the tricks of the trade. On March 8 – International Women's Day – more than 150 artists will turn the Leake Street tunnel into an outdoor art gallery thanks to a huge mural inspired by the theme 'Because I am a Girl'. The events are part of the Vault festival.

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The Vaults Until Sunday March 8 2015

Hawker House

Street Feast are bringing their food-focused party to an indoor venue so that we can tuck into delicious dishes from some of the city's best street food vendors without catching a chill. Craft beer, hot cocktails and DJs will complement the three floors of food options, with a wine and cocktail bar on the top floor from Milk & Honey offering whisky roulette (spin the wheel to win a measure of one of 36 kinds of whisky). Vendors to look out for include Yum Bun, Bob's Lobster, Breddos and Busan BBQ.

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260-264 Kingsland Road Until Sunday April 5 2015 Free

White Heat

Critics' choice

One of the many sour points of Soho institution Madame Jojo's closing at the end of 2014 was the initial loss of much-loved mid-week club night White Heat. But after a storming NYE party, WH thankfully looks to have found a new home for the time being: iconic north London music boozer and venue The Lexington.  The White Heat crew are starting a weekly Friday night residency at the pub, with the same intoxicating mix of electro, techno, disco, indie and alt dancefloor tracks – from both from bands and DJs – that made its Madame Jojo's run so deliciously appealing. So it seems that there's no cooling off for White Heat, which is a great thing indeed.

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The Lexington Until Saturday May 30 2015
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